vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Breathtaking transparency

Carole Lombard had the good fortune to become popular just as color portrait photography took hold, as in the photo above used for the January 1940 cover of Photoplay.

The following year, Lombard posed for another shot in color, an image few if any have heretofore seen. (It appears to be a photo shoot for "To Be Or Not To Be.") Take a look at this, and you'll wonder why it's been hidden for nearly eight decades:

The specifics -- it's a 5" x 7" color slide transparency, listed in excellent condition. (I dare not disagree.) The seller uses adjectives such as "breathtaking," "truly stunning" and "special" to describe it, and about the only dated element is the fur on her jacket. Aside from that, this portrait of Carole could've been taken last week. Heck, we'll let the seller explain:

A rediscovered rarity such as this won't go cheaply. Bidding on this beauty begins at $199.99, with the auction set to end at 12:19 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. Want it? Then go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Breathtaking-Historic-Glamour-Photo-Original-5x7-Transparency/383438232861?hash=item5946b31d1d:g:Gw0AAOSw4ipeVqi1.

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